VIDEO: Texas Law Helps Protect Football Players

May 9, 2011 · 1 Comment 

It’s no secret that Texas revolves around football, but new legislation is bringing it even more into the spotlight. Because of the high number of concussions on high school football fields, Texas House and Senate members have approved two measures that protect players.

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Opinion Blog: Are United States Power Plants Prepared for Disaster?

May 6, 2011 · 6 Comments 

Posted by Lesley Isaacs

The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan dramatically affected the nuclear power plants in the immediate area. While Japan is struggling to contain the damage and prevent further exposure of the radiation, many are left wondering if the United States is prepared for such a crisis.

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VIDEO: Is Yoga Straying Too Far From its Origins?

May 6, 2011 · 1 Comment 

Hot yoga, prenatal yoga, laughing yoga, even mouth yoga. Some Hindus are concerned that this ancient religious practice is straying too far from its origins.

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VIDEO: Student Loan Debt is Growing

May 6, 2011 · Comments Off 

This year, Pell Grant Funding is being cut by eight billion dollars. In addition to the cuts in Pell Grants, the federal government will no longer fund the Academic Competitiveness Grant or the Smart Grant. In Texas, state equalization grants will be cut by 30 percent. With all these cuts, loans become a necessity for students. Leaving many in debt right out of college.

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Get Your Caffeine Fix With A Side Of Local Art

May 5, 2011 · 1 Comment 

Local coffee shops and bars can do more than serve a java fix. These local spots are also working to promote local artists, building a community of conversation and sharing. Here’s the scoop on a couple of local favorites from Addison to Deep Ellum.

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VIDEO: Federal Student Aid Takes Major Cuts in Fall 2011

May 5, 2011 · Comments Off 

As federal funding for the upcoming year falls students face additional challenges.

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SMU Improves in Alerting Students About Campus Crime

May 4, 2011 · 1 Comment 

A semester-long review of SMU’s compliance with the federal Clery Act — which requires colleges and universities to alert students about campus crime — found major improvement since 2004. Browse our Clery Scorecard to see how SMU fared.

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INTERACTIVE MAP: Search Crime on Campus and in Your Neighborhood

May 4, 2011 · Comments Off 

Attending college in an urban jungle like Dallas means SMU students can encounter crime ranging from third-rate mischief to life-threatening attacks. Explore our Light of Day crime portal, fueled by Google Fusion maps, to zoom in and out to find the most common crimes in your area. Also check out The Daily Campus for more Light of Day coverage.

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Campus Crime: 2-Year Increase in Sexual Assaults Could Reflect More Awareness of Rape and Willingness to Report It, Experts Say

May 4, 2011 · Comments Off 

By Carolina Brioso
cbrioso@smu.edu
 
Grab your mouse and start clicking. With new interactive maps produced by SMU journalism students as a part of the Light of Day Project, curious students, staff, and faculty can now use data to to explore where crime and fire incidents are occurring on campus with the most frequency.
 
The interactive maps pinpoint crimes such as alcohol violations, forcible sexual offenses, and drug violations and even fire alarms.
 
The maps and the SMU Crime on Campus Report from 2007-2009 illustrate a significant two-year increase in the number of forcible sexual offenses reported to police or campus officials. In 2007, there were three sexual assaults; in 2008, there were five; in 2009, there were nine.
 
Karen Click, director of the SMU Women’s Center, said the higher numbers could reflect greater awareness on campus about sexual assault.
 
Click can see a positive trend: either students are becoming more comfortable reporting these traumatic experiences, she said, or SMU is making its resources more widely accessible and better advertised among the general student population. FULL STORY

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Dallas Crime Declining, But Some Students’ Neighborhoods Still Can Turn Dangerous

May 4, 2011 · Comments Off 

By Ashley Withers
awithers@smu.edu
 
Police lights flashing. A search helicopter circles overhead. A corpse lies on the ground. Though this description sounds like a scene straight out of the popular television show CSI, some SMU students called this home for a few frantic hours in February.
 
Dallas-area crime hit close to campus on Feb. 16, when a shooting in the Burger Street drive-thru on Mockingbird Lane left two men dead and The Phoenix apartment complex became part of the investigation area. The Phoenix is a popular off-campus housing option for SMU students because of its proximity to the school.
 
The fatal shootings at Burger Street, which police described as drug-related, are just the most recent of violent crimes in the area. According to 2009 crime data collected and mapped as part of the Light of Day Project, Mockingbird Lane sees a steady flow of theft, burglary, assault and robbery.
 
Still, the overall crime rate in Dallas has declined over the past decade. And SMU senior Dexter Hostetter, a three-year resident of The Phoenix, said he still feels relatively safe.
 
“I never had any problems with crime or felt like I was ever personally in danger,” Hostetter said in an email interview. “I think that there were many pros and cons to living there. The central location right next to Mockingbird Station allows for easy transportation but also opens up the surrounding streets to some potentially dangerous activity.”
 
The 2009 data also shows that another popular area for students to live off-campus, Amesbury Park near University Boulevard and Greenville Avenue, also is susceptible to crime, although most incidents in this area are theft or burglary related. Several assaults have also taken place in the area.
 
Sophomore Kellie Teague, an Amesbury Park resident, said an SMU student was robbed at gunpoint earlier this year in the parking lot of the apartment complex.
 
“This was really scary to hear about and since then I have been careful not to go outside by myself late at night,” Teague said. “But, I do still feel safe living in this apartment complex. I do take precautions like making sure my car and the door to my apartment are always locked.”
 
According to the 2009 data, East Dallas is one of the most crime-filled areas of the city.
A large number of these offenses are petty theft, but numerous cases of sexual assault, rape, and murder have also been reported.
 
Monika Korra, a member of the SMU track team, was sexually assaulted in this area in December 2009. Korra was leaving a party in East Dallas when she was grabbed, forced into a vehicle at gunpoint, and raped. Korra’s attackers were convicted in April 2011.
 
Although the SMU Daily Mustang does not usually name sexual assault victims, Korra decided to go public with her identity, and her story of survival was published in The Dallas Morning News last month.
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